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    Ray, My Rock Island #64145 has the original RIA 3-07 barrel. I remember your #87241 rifle and believe it had the same rear sight leaf without top rib and
    square left side as my rifle. These were early sight parts

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    Both my rifle and RCS' are the very first production Rock Island rifles that were originally manufactured with all newly made and correct dated components in the very first months of RI 1903 production in 1907-08. They are not put together rifles using earlier mixed Rod bayonet or 30-03 parts that were put together up to until 1911.
    These rifles that were made with newly made parts with matching receiver and barrel dates. See C.S. Ferris & J. Beardicon, pg 25.
    My rifle has all the correct early dated components and has a early high wood stock with no reinforcement bolts, a split rear sight base, and a no sight groove hand guard, also the small rear sight wheel and the Platinum sight line on the rear sight leaf slider. The stock has a “CN” 1908 cartouche and an “S” stamp on the stock tip and a proof “P”. Not many of these early rifles have survived in their original configuration and both being very scarce in their early original manufactured condition and not having been assembled from misc parts or using upgraded parts but were completely manufactured as they are in 1907 with final inspection in 1908. Ray

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